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Diabetes and Your Dental Health Marietta, GA

Diabetes and Your Dental Health

There is an unmistakable connection between your oral health and your body health. If you are a diabetic, the link is especially strong. In fact, recent studies show that diabetes and dental health is a two-way street.

Diabetes is a disease that hinders the body’s ability to properly regulate blood sugars. Unfortunately, this creates problems within the mouth. Not only do high blood sugar levels trigger additional bacteria in the mouth (a progenitor for gum disease), but they also cause your blood vessels to thicken, which weakens the soft tissues and bone inside your mouth. Lastly, white blood cells are reduced in uncontrolled diabetes, which lowers your body’s defense against infection, including those within the mouth. Therefore, many diabetics find themselves at a primary risk for gum disease – especially when their condition is not managed properly.

The link between dental health and diabetes doesn’t stop there. Studies show that those who have gum disease may also find it more difficult to control their blood sugar. Consequently, treating gum disease can improve and stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics. Gum disease isn’t the only oral health condition that can develop due to high blood sugar levels. Tooth decay, thrush and dry mouth are also common dental problems for diabetics.

If you have diabetes, we want to monitor your oral health more closely at Gilreath Family Dentistry. Give us a call if you are experiencing the following issues:

  • Sticky, dry mouth
  • Dry lips
  • Sense of burning in the mouth
  • Tough tongue
  • Mouth sores or infection

It is absolutely possible to have diabetes and also have a clean bill of health from you dentist. However, it may require more diligent efforts on your part and more careful monitoring from your dentist.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Marietta, GA 30060

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